In this first stage, the catalogue focuses on the modern and contemporary architecture designed and built between 1832 –year of construction of the first industrial chimney in Barcelona that we establish as the beginning of modernity– until today.
The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.
The collection feeds from multiple sources, mainly from the generosity of architectural and photographic studios, as well as the large amount of excellent historical and reference editorial projects, such as architectural guides, magazines, monographs and other publications. It also takes into consideration all the reference sources from the various branches and associated entities with the COAC and other collaborating entities related to the architectural and design fields, in its maximum spectrum.
Special mention should be made of the incorporation of vast documentation from the COAC Historical Archive which, thanks to its documental richness, provides a large amount of valuable –and in some cases unpublished– graphic documentation.
The rigour and criteria for selection of the works has been stablished by a Documental Commission, formed by the COAC’s Culture Spokesperson, the director of the COAC Historical Archive, the directors of the COAC Digital Archive, and professionals and other external experts from all the territorial sections that look after to offer a transversal view of the current and past architectural landscape around the territory.
The determination of this project is to become the largest digital collection about Catalan architecture; a key tool of exemplar information and documentation about architecture, which turns into a local and international referent, for the way to explain and show the architectural heritage of a territory.
We kindly invite you to help us improve the dissemination of Catalan architecture through this space. Here you can propose works and provide or amend information on authors, photographers and their work, along with adding comments. The Documentary Commission will analyze all data. Please do only fill in the fields you deem necessary to add or amend the information.
The Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya is one of the most important documentation centers in Europe, which houses the professional collections of more than 180 architects whose work is fundamental to understanding the history of Catalan architecture. By filling this form, you can request digital copies of the documents for which the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya manages the exploitation of the author's rights, as well as those in the public domain. Once the application has been made, the Arxiu Històric del Col·legi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya will send you an approximate budget, which varies in terms of each use and purpose.
Turó de la Rovira is included in the last buttresses of the Serralada Litoral before the change of slope that constitutes the Barcelona Plan, forming a lithological part of the Collserola massif and representing its last buttress before the city plan. This geological formation comprises a series of hills between 180 and 260 meters above sea level that emerge from the urban fabric and constitute one of its widest and most extraordinary viewpoints.
The summit where the project is located has undergone several stages of urbanisation that begin in the early 20th century with the construction of several summer houses for wealthy families in Barcelona. During the Civil War, due to its strategic location, anti-aircraft batteries and the corresponding military installations were built there. After the war, the city must deal with a strong wave of immigration that favours the emergence of a settlement based on self-construction and shantytowns. It is not until 2010 that the summit space is reclaimed for collective use with an intervention that makes the dense history of the site visible, including all its strata.
The city of Barcelona is currently working to reincorporate the Rovira hill area into the urban fabric, imagining new itineraries that go through it and connect it on foot to some of the most significant urban landmarks in the city, such as Park Güell, the Sant Pau Hospital or the Sagrada Família. This operation requires an intervention to improve the accesses that lead to the viewpoint of the old batteries crossing the small, inhabited nucleus of Marià Lavèrnia.
The project aims to operate by modifying the topography. It contemplates, at the same time, the necessary condition of wheeled access, and therefore of traffic through a ramp, and the will to have small zones of rest that generate new activities in the open air, successive horizontal plans that allow the open appropriation of public space by people. These small squares are staggered along the existing street, seeking to preserve and emphasise the domestic character that is and has been an intrinsic part of the history of the place.